Dryland Systems - Science for better food security and livelihoods in the dry areas
Communication Team ICARDA. (8/11/2011). Dryland Systems - Science for better food security and livelihoods in the dry areas. Amman, Jordan: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems (known as Dryland Systems) embodies a new approach to integrated and ‘holistic’ agricultural research. It combines several research disciplines, including crop improvement, natural resources management, and socio-economics. The research will bring rural communities living in the world’s dry areas practical solutions for improved livelihoods and food security. Dry areas are home to most of the world's poor, and some of its most vulnerable agro-ecosystems. The budget for the initial three years of this initiative is more than $150 million. Dryland Systems is a partnership of several dozen actors, including national agricultural research systems from 28 countries, universities, extension agencies, civil society organizations, advanced research centers, CGIAR partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other development partners. Dryland Systems is led by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The program engages in large-scale action research to identify innovative intervention packages - developed together with stakeholders - to sustainably improve agricultural productivity. The aim is to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities and entire regions across the world’s dry areas.
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